- This article is about the character from the games. For the Sonic X character, see Maria Robotnik (Sonic X). For the Archie Comics character, see Maria Robotnik (Archie).
Maria Robotnik (マリア・ロボトニック Maria Robotonikku?) is a human character in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She is the granddaughter of Professor Gerald Robotnik and the cousin of Dr. Eggman. Maria was a terminally-ill patient on the Space Colony ARK who had contracted Neuro-Immune Deficiency Syndrome. At the behedst of the President of the United Federation, Gerald agreed to work on Project Shadow as a means to study immortality and to use the fruits of the project to find a cure for Maria. Shadow the Hedgehog, which is the direct result of the project, became close friends with Maria to the end. Maria was shot and killed by the Guardian Units of Nations for assisting Shadow in his escape from the colony.
Maria has large dark blue eyes and blonde hair. She wears it wavy and held back with a blue hair band. Clothes-wise, she wears a dark blue top and a light blue dress. Her shoes are low heeled cobalt pumps. Other than that she is seen in a cutscene in a white surgery suit.
Maria is eternally cheerful, optimistic and kindhearted. She can see the good in almost anyone or anything, and finds it easier than most to forgive and forget, not to mention trust. Her mindset and personality are similar to that of Amy Rose: The two always look on the brighter side of things, have similar views on humanity and are overly cheerful and determined. These connections are prominent in Sonic Adventure 2.
Although Maria seems to lack extraordinary abilities, it is shown in Shadow the Hedgehog that she can encourage others to accept themselves, and successfully calm those in stressful situations, including Shadow. This aside, the flashbacks in Shadow the Hedgehog could have been fabricated by Black Doom as a means to coax Shadow into submission as certain things do not match up such as her being lead by Shadow and getting shot at a dead end. In fact, it was Maria who bravely lead Shadow to the escape pod, and ultimately sacrificed her chance at seeing the world as she knew Shadow would carry out her dream to "bring hope to humanity." It can be said she is quite intelligent and utterly selfless due to these events.
Appearances in Other Media
Maria appears in the Archie Comics continuity, occupying much the same role in Shadow's backstory as she does in the games. She acts like a sister figure or a mother figure to Shadow. She first appeared in the Sonic Adventure 2 adaptation. In keeping with the established backstory, this version of Maria is an Overlander, not a human.
Another character, named Hope Kintobor, also appears in the comics. Hope greatly resembles Maria, and Shadow has mistaken her for Maria repeatedly.
Maria makes a number of appearances in the anime Sonic X, partial to Shadow's memory. Her role in the story is about the same as it is in the games. Chris Thorndyke reminds Shadow of Maria. The role she plays is a reminder to Shadow to protect the people of Earth and not conquer them.
- "Isn't this place huge? Even I still get lost sometimes."
- "Don't hurt yourself."
- "Sorry I'm late!"
- "Oh, Shadow. Thank you!"
- "Sayonara, Shadow the Hedgehog."
- "When the research experiments split apart, don't you think they look kinda cute?"
- "Shadow, help me."
- "Shadow, what do you think it's like on Earth?"
- "Shadow... I beg of you...please give them a chance to be happy"
- "The Heal Unit was one of grandfather's greatest inventions."
- "Shadow, are you going to stare out that window all day?"
- "Bring hope to humanity!"
- The stories of Maria's death are different from Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog. In Sonic Adventure 2, after Maria was very winded from running away with Shadow, she sends Shadow away in a capsule; while her death is not shown, Professor Gerald Robotnik states in his diary that he found Maria's name on a list of those who died when the ARK was shut down. In Shadow the Hedgehog, Shadow and Maria are being pursued and run into a dead end with Maria being shot and killed with Shadow's way of getting to Earth unknown. Shadow the Hedgehog cannot explain how Maria got Shadow to Earth if she had died before it happened. The flashback before the Final Haunt level, however, implies that Maria was succumbing to her being shot, but lived long enough to launch Shadow's capsule. Though it is entirely possible that the flashbacks in Shadow the Hedgehog were illusions fabricated by Black Doom to deceive Shadow.
- In the GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions of Shadow the Hedgehog, Maria can be played by P2 in the levels The Doom and Lost Impact. This is the only game in which she is playable.
- The length of Maria's hair seems to vary between continuities - she had short blonde hair in Shadow the Hedgehog, while she had long hair in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic X.
- In Shadow the Hedgehog, it was shown that the pilot of the Heavy Dog was the person who shot Maria.
- In the Japanese version of Sonic X, it is explained that Maria is in space because her disease is contagious and could be deadly if allowed to spread.
- In the original Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure 2, Maria had lengthy eyelashes. In Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and all subsequent appearances, they were removed.
- In Sonic Battle, it is revealed that both Shadow and Emerl have the heart and soul of Maria Robotnik.
- Her appearance and outfit are reminiscent of Alice, the heroine of Lewis Carroll's novels Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
- Her outfit also seems to vary between games as in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle the sleeves of her dress are quite long while in Shadow the Hedgehog onwards the sleeves of her dress are much shorter.
- Maria's name is also the password for both activating Shadow the Hedgehog and accessing the ARK's files about Project Shadow. Also, the reason why the password is utilized as "Ma-Ri-A" is because of Japanese phonetics.
- In Sonic Adventure 2 Battle a Maria voice narrator can be unlocked by getting all 180 emblems in the game. It can be bought in Chao World's Black Market for 30,000 rings.
- In every version of Sonic Adventure 2, Maria is barefoot. She wears blue shoes in all other appearances.
- The song that played during Maria's flashback scenes in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle was an instrumental mix of "Throw It All Away," Shadow's theme in the game.
- A character called Marie from another SEGA game, called Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, has a similar design to Maria.